on staying grounded while mourning in TheARQ magazine, "a lifestyle brand and community, inspired by Jewish culture and open to all."
Go back to basics
Emily Pinzur, an end of life companion and the owner of Silver Wheel End of Life Doula Care in Seattle, Washington, is passionate about care, comfort, and choice when it comes to end of life experiences. Emily created the following guidance and rituals to accompany ARQ’s community through aninut, the intense but short traditional time between death and burial for Jews.
The story about my grandmother and the healing power of music
We lost my beloved grandmother Bernice (also known rather cutely as “Bunny”) many years ago. She died very quickly after being hospitalized for an illness, which led to rapid multiple organ failure. My father and his siblings, thankfully, were able to travel to Florida, where she lived, in time to see her and say goodbye.
My father is a singer who loves traditional and modern Jewish music. As he sat at my grandmother’s bedside with her in her final hours, he both provided and received comfort through singing her all of the songs he could think of that included the Hebrew word “Shalom,” which means, fittingly, hello, goodbye and peace.